Sum Total

One Indian woman Plus a feminist Minus a fair, homely, beautiful eligible girl Plus determined and strong opinionated Minus tall, slim and a slender figure Plus independent and a critical-thinker Minus traditional, cultured, well-mannered and modest Plus anti-patriarchal and anti-misogyny Minus submissive, docile, adjusting home-maker Plus fearless and honest Minus faithful and God-fearing Plus rational [...]

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I am born.

I am born. I hear cries of "it's a girl, it's a girl! Everyone is happy (I think...). I meet my mother. She looks at me with doleful eyes. Why the mixed emotions? Other people come to me and perform traditional and religious ceremonies. I am loaded with flowers, new clothes, gifts and shagun (money). [...]